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Regional Wage Differential Widens

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Hungary's regional wage differential remained "significant" and widened by a small degree in the second quarter, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in a summary of data.

The average wage in the capital, which stood at gross HUF 695,000 per month, was 70pc higher than that in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, where employees earned the least: HUF 400,000/month on average. 

Employees in Budapest earned 12% more than workers in Győr-Moson-Sopron County, where wages were the second-highest in the country: HUF 619,000/month.

The average wage in the capital was 23% over the national average.

KSH noted the impact on the regional wage differential of variations in employment structure, the composition of employment based on sectors and occupations, as well as differences in the share of fostered workers.

KSH pointed to a marked increase in wages across all counties during the period but said growth was lower in areas with a smaller industrial base, such as Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County.

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